Here’s what you missed from Round 2 of the Players Championship

March 15, 2019

Hopes were high for several big-name players to dig themselves out of substantial holes they created on Thursday, but unfortunately, many of them failed to rally and are heading home on Friday evening.

Here’s everything you missed from the Round 2 action at TPC Sawgrass.

Rory McIlory was seven under for his final 11 holes to tie the 36-hole lead at TPC Sawgrass.
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Rory is on fyyah!

Hello, Rory! Cue multiple fire emojis! After fading from contention at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlory came charging back with an impressive performance in Round 2 at TPC Sawgrass on Friday.

With an 11-hole charge that included five birdies and an eagle, McIlory claimed a share of the 36-hole lead with Tommy Fleetwood at 12 under par overall. Check out the sweet putt he holed for bird on No. 17:

Tommy Fleetwood kept his foot on the gas

After tying Keegan Bradley with an impressive opening-round 65 on Thursday, Fleetwood rode his positive momentum to a follow-up 67.

His round included five birdies, two bogeys and an eagle from a greenside bunker (highlight below), and he and McIlory hold a three-shot lead over their closest competitors, who are locked in a four-way tie for third.

Jim Furyk turned back the clock

With yet another amazing display of his ability to go low, 48-year-old Jim Furyk shot the round of the day on Friday, a sizzling 64 — that’s eight under par, and a perfect scorecard: eight birdies, no bogeys.

Tiger Woods survived disaster

Though he’s making enough birdies to contend this week, Woods’s two rounds have been unfortunately derailed by too many bogeys. And in the case of Friday’s round, it was a quadruple bogeyon the 17th hole, no less! — that nearly prevented him from making the cut.

Woods was five under par on the day when he reached the 17th tee, and those water balls eliminated all his hard work. Luckily, he’ll still be around for the weekend, and at three under par overall, he’s currently nine shots off of McIlroy and Fleetwood’s lead.

Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson bid Ponte Vedra Beach farewell

Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson were among the handful of A-Listers that failed to make the cut at TPC Sawgrass this year.

Spieth shot 76-69 to miss the cut by two shots, while Mickelson shot 74-74 to miss by six.

The good news? Spieth did manage to make seven birdies (and also four bogeys), and is feeling better about his putting (see below). So he’s got that going for him!